The recreational vehicle market has boomed since its financial crisis low point.
More than 500,000 RVs were sold in 2017, up 17.2 percent from 2016, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). The sales included 442,000 towable trailers and 63,000 motorhomes.
Last year’s record level of RV shipments is expected to be eclipsed again this year.
Lighter and more aerodynamic towables are gaining in popularity, said Kevin Broom, RVIA spokesman, as they do not require large trucks or SUVs to tow. Smaller crossovers, cars, and even motorcycles can tow many models.
Trailers have dominated over the past decade (87 percent of sales last year). The lighter, wind-cheating designs also use less fuel.
Vogel Talks RVing looked at some of the newer designs available in the RV market for every budget and tailored to various transportation and travel needs.
Vistabule gives you a different view of the world. One-of-a-kind design means you’re oriented to the front of the teardrop trailer where all the action is. A huge window means lots of space to take in the sights around you.
One of the most striking things about Vistabule is the number of windows. The wide-vista front window not only offers a spectacular view of the horizon, it also serves as a dome under which you can lie comfortably and count the stars as you fall asleep.
Vistabule was designed to be a snap to tow. Weighing only 1,220 pounds, the Vistabule can be towed easily behind almost any car.
Base package starting at $17, 995
This 89-year-old brand is known for its iconic aluminum travel trailers, but earlier this year introduced its very first fiberglass model, the Nest. Looking a bit like a “Star Trek” shuttle, the new trailer sleeps two in a minimalist interior drenched with light from windows on all sides and overhead.
Modern touches include Bluetooth-controlled LED lighting, multiple USB posts, and a 3-D laminate galley-top in the small kitchen. It’s even pre-wired for solar panels for those who want to live off the grid for small stretches.
At under 17-feet in length and with a base weight of 3,400 pounds, the Nest doesn’t require a large tow vehicle.
Starting at $45,900 (MSRP).
Introduced by Newmar for the 2018 model year, the New Aire is a smaller diesel pusher that doesn’t sacrifice on amenities and is designed to attract Millennial to the motorhome market.
The Newmar New Aire is a different kind of premium coach, built from the ground up to deliver high end luxury in a smaller package.
Most of the manufacturers have been talking about the increased importance of millennials in the RV market, but Newmar put that data into practice with the introduction of the New Aire, a 34-foot diesel pusher that comes equipped with the amenities found in larger coaches.
Wireless charging mats for cell phones, tablets, etc. are built into the dash and the passenger’s side console. USB outlets are plentiful in the cockpit area.
Starting at $371,359 (MSRP).
Traditional teardrop trailers curve down towards the front, like their namesake. This aerodynamic shape makes them easy to tow, but limits interior room. In contrast, inTech’s 15.4-foot Luna features a nearly upright front profile to better utilize space.
To maintain easy towability, the Luna features a lightweight aluminum (rather than steel) frame, which helps keep weight down to 1,800 pounds. A proportionately gigantic windshield provides a view out the front and air conditioning and a 40-inch television come standard.
Like traditional teardrop trailers, the inTech kitchenette is accessible from the front when stationary. RV Business’ named the Luna 2018’s Top RV Debut of the Year and RV Pro’s awarded it one of the year’s Best of Show.
Luna MSRP is $16,537–$19,995.
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